WILLIAM CHALKLEN. A small, fine and exceedingly rare tavern clock (CANTERBURY, )

WILLIAM CHALKLEN. A small, fine and exceedingly rare tavern clock
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WILLIAM CHALKLEN. A small, fine and exceedingly rare tavern clock

OriginCANTERBURY
DateCirca 1785
A small, fine and exceedingly rare tavern clock with round white dial and teardrop case decorated with chinoiserie.

The case with oak door and backboard and pine sides, has finely preserved lacquer on the black ground showing a typical chinoiserie scene on the door with a hatched pattern above and below. The sides are decorated with chrysanthemum sprays.

The white dial, nicely faded and crazed, is of oak with a narrow concave edge moulding decorated with gilt and brown. The chapter ring has roman numerals with an inner circle, double minutes circle and outside five minute marks. The brass hands are of the classic style usually found on these small clocks with pierced heart tips. The signature is written in gold leaf below the dial.

The timepiece movement has tapered plates, four pillars with centre knops and five-wheel train to allow eight days running in so small a case. The escapement is anchor with brass strap pendulum with brass faced bob. The 18lb oval lead weight suspended on a brass pulley.

The clock would have been made c1785 and therefore we presume that William was the son of John.

Height: 47 in (119 cm)
Overall dial width: 22 ¼ in (57 cm)


* Baillie records that John Chalklen (or Chalkley) was working in 1761 and died in 1766 and observes that he was “an ingenious artificer”. Loomes notes that Mrs Chalklen, widow of John, carried on the business from 1766 until sometime before 1795.


HW5628

Signed / Inscribed

Wm: Chalklen Canterbury.